Music Coming to Cafeterias
Mary Dixon, Director of the Student Life Committee, announced yesterday that
beginning next semester, university cafeterias will broadcast classical music
during mealtimes. “Music will foster a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Dixon.
“Students’ lives are hectic, and mealtimes provide important opportunities to
take a break and catch up with friends before moving on to the next class or
assignment.” Added Dixon, “We’re hoping that, if we provide the music, students
will unplug their music devices – their walkmans and mp3 players or whatever –
and will spend more time talking to each other. When students have their
headphones on, they’re not connecting with each other.”
Now listen to two students discussing the university’s plan.
(man) Have you read this article? Are they serious?
(woman) Yeah, I think so. Why?
(man) Well, first of all, a lot of kids aren’t looking for relaxing breaks at
lunch time. They like to study while they, especially while they have exams
coming up or some assignments they have to get done.
(woman) Yeah, that’s true.
(man) And now they won’t be able to concentrate. This is gonna be very
(woman) Hmmm. Ok, yeah, I see your point.
(man) And second, most students don’t like classical music.
(woman) It’s certainly not what I listen to.
(man) So, are people going to stop listening to their own music?
(man) I think people are going to be even more likely to bring their mp3
player, you know, to play their own music and block out the classical stuff.
(woman) Yeah, that makes sense.
The man expresses his opinion about the university’s plan. State his opinion
and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.
The university’s planning to broadcast classical music during mealtimes in
cafeterias in order that students can relax and communicate more with each
other. The man in the conversation thinks it’s a bad plan. First of all, he says
that most of the students aren’t looking for relaxing in lunch time. They’d
rather study there especially when they have exams coming up or when they have
many assignments undone. The music will be distracting so the student’s won’t be
able to concentrate. Secondly, most students don’t like classical music. If the
cafeterias play classical music, students will be more likely to put on their
personal music devices to block out the classical stuff.